Campus Center 2nd Floor
Photos From Last Year's Orientation
Welcome to Macalester!
Friday, August 26 - Tuesday, August 30
It’s our goal to make your transition to Macalester as smooth as possible. To get the most out of Orientation, join us for the many events designed to introduce you to new friends and kick off a great year.
Below is an idea of what you can expect during Orientation. We know you are excited to begin your life at Macalester — a detailed event program will be available in late May.
Day One - During your first day at Macalester, you’ll get your official Macalester ID, enjoy meals in Café Mac, take a swing at mini-golf while enjoying a rootbeer float, and more. Students will top off the evening by joining their Scottish Clan for the New Student Welcome, followed by a community meeting and gathering in Kagin Commons to learn about life at Macalester.
Day Two - Today First Year Courses will meet, and students will get a better understanding of what a Macalester educations means. In the afternoon, individual advising appointments will begin. Evening social events are planned for the whole first-year class.
Day Three - Advising appointments continue today. Beyond that, from open houses across campus to workshop sessions on a variety of topics, new students will have a variety of options today. You’ll have an opportunity to mingle with your Scottish Clan as well as the whole first-year class during evening social events. Parents generally leave after lunch today.
Day Four - Join some new friends for lunch, attend a few other events planned for the day. Students will also have the opportunity to attend the Minnesota State Fair. Later in the evening, students can watch their new classmates demonstrate their talents in the annual talent show.
Day Five - After breakfast in Café Mac, students will take assessments and then take part in the Civic Engagement Center’s Into the Streets, an opportunity to learn about the Twin Cities and how to engage with it. Be sure to get a good night’s sleep. Classes start tomorrow!